Tuesday First the paparazzi went abuzz with the news that His Salmanness along with Padma Lakshmi were in India for their Christmas swing through Chennai, Rajasthan and Delhi. And then they were in the city of gold: 'Bombay is Bombay' and 'It's good to be here just to get the smell of it again,' Rushdie said, dmitting that he had been 'toodling away' on a new book for two years and that it would have more of India in it. In between, came the swipes at Kaizad 'Boom' Gustad for the fiasco involving Padma Lakshmi who, he said, 'is the one with 19 projects in hand. I am here as the boyfriend.' Came Monday, the 12th, and assorted groups like the All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema, the Raza Academy, the Anjuman Barkaate Raza and the Tanzeem Aimmae Masjid started a 'protest', with banners saying 'Kill Salman Rushdie' and 'Kill Rushdie, the White Collar Terrorist'. A reward of Rs one lakh was offered to anyone who would blacken his face. 'I am used to such protests,' Rushdie was quoted as saying, but he was prudent enough to check out of the hotel, with girlfriend, destination USA.